I DECLARE WAR dvd
I Declare War focuses on a game of "war" (whose origin is never explained) that's a mix of paintball and capture the flag. Two teams have their own base, with a flag, in the woods, and a team wins by capturing the enemy's flag and bringing it back to their base. The players can also shoot each other with paintball guns (making the victim paralyzed until they count out "one steamboat, two steamboat..." up to ten steamboats) and kill an enemy with a "grenade" that's a balloon filled with red liquid.
The teams, though, seem more like adults than kids. Multiple war champion P.K. (Gage Munroe) is obsessed with tactics and history, coming up with numerous strategies and willing to sacrifice his teammates, and best friend Paul (Siam Yu), to win the war. On the other team, Skinner (Michael Friend) took over by killing his side's general -- and Skinner might be willing to injure and torture players, for real, to win. One kid is declared his side's chaplain because he was picked last and doesn't want to fight, "Joker" (Spencer Howes) imagines blowing people up with lasers from his eyes, and Jessica (Mackenzie Munroe) uses sex appeal and manipulation to sow doubt and dissent among the players. Then there's Caleb (Kolton Stewart), who never speaks but travels with his dog and may be the most dangerous one of them all.
Reviewed by James Lynch